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Linda Lee Udelhoven

July 24, 1940 — March 19, 2024

Houston

Linda Udelhoven (nee Baumgartner) passed away at age 83 on March 19, 2024, in Houston, Texas following several weeks of illness. Along with her parents, her husband, Peter D. Udelhoven and her brother Philip Baumgartner pre-deceased her. Linda is survived by her three children - Tony Udelhoven, Peter S. Udelhoven and Natalie Eades; her four grandchildren - Nick Eades, Natasha (Eades) Halstead, Emily Udelhoven, and Daniel Udelhoven; her brother Scott Baumgartner and her shadow and furry companion Milo.

Linda was born in Monroe, Wisconsin on July 24, 1940 to Kenneth and Phyllis (nee Ferguson) Baumgartner. Her family later moved to Lancaster, Wisconsin where she graduated from Lancaster Senior High School. She attended Madison Business College and obtained a diploma in Secretarial Science. Linda and Peter were married in 1959, and after Peter earned his degree in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, they moved to Colorado where Peter worked as a mining engineer. Shifting into the petroleum industry, Linda and Peter lived in Oklahoma and Alaska before following Peter’s career overseas as a petroleum engineer. They spent the next thirty adventurous years living and raising their family in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Paris, London, Norway and finally in Jakarta, Indonesia. After she and Peter retired from the petroleum industry, they returned to Alaska where they purchased a charter fishing business in Homer, which they managed for 15 years.

Linda had many talents and excelled at whatever she did. She played the baritone horn in high school and the organ for church throughout high school. She enjoyed playing the piano and later taught piano while living overseas. Linda was a wonderful chef! Anyone lucky enough to come to dinner knew what an amazing cook she was. In fact, she was so good that she was the first non-professional to be admitted to and graduate from the La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, France. She was honored to have one of her created meals critiqued by Julia Childs.

Throughout her life, Linda was always looking out for others, giving ceaselessly of her time and energy to various charities and organizations wherever she lived in the world. She was honored by the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia for her charity work while living in Jakarta and was also recognized by the American Women's Association in Indonesia. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served on various committees for the DAR while living in New Braunfels, Texas. Neighbors, friends, and office staff were the recipients of her gifts, especially food, during the holiday season, or in times of need, or simply “just because”. Her love of football developed during the cold, dark winter days and nights in Alaska. The entire family are diehard Green Bay Packers fans, but she would watch all of the college and professional games that were on television. She was an amazing wife, mother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

A memorial service is scheduled for June 8 at 2:00 PM at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make a donation to Wounded Warriors, The Salvation Army or Meals on Wheels.

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